Music has been a large part of my life ever since I was a little girl, it was my hobby and my ‘escape’/ release mechanism. Singing was my principal musical passion with piano following a close second.
I achieved grade 8 Vocal and Grade 7 piano when I was at school. Upon leaving school I maintained my singing as an ‘amateur’ singing with various groups over the years. I regularly took the role of solo mezzo soprano at performances of Oratorios and Masses. In recent years I performed in many recitals, Burns suppers and musicals with The Lindsay Singers; particularly Café Noir by Charles Barron, commissioned for The Lindsay Singers.
When children came along I reduced my singing activities considerably through necessity. Nevertheless, our household was a hive of musical activity. The kids very quickly caught the musical bug and both attended Mini Music Makers through NYCoS and Colourstrings classes up to P1 and moved onto the Williamwood High School weekend music community thereafter ——- the rest is history as they continue with their own music activities.
It was at this point I took the plunge back into actively participating in music at a more serious level. I qualified as a Early Years teacher through Colourstrings International school and have also achieved level 1 Primary methodology through NYCoS (Primary 1-4 level). I have also achieved Musicianship qualifications level 1&2 through the Conservatoire, Glasgow.
I run my own classes on a Wednesday afternoon and Friday in addition to also teaching at 2 nurseries (private) in the Southside of Glasgow. I also teach the preschool children and training choir which feed into the main choir at the Academy of Sacred Music (run by Joan Dillon, Head of Sacred music a the Conservatoire, Glasgow ). I was privileged earlier this year (2017) to be involved in a 3 month project with NYCoS (National Youth Choir of Scotland) where I was one of 2 teachers going into a number of nurseries in East Ayrshire introducing the Kodaly teaching approach to music, a programme developed by Lucinda Geoghenan which follows the Early Years Curriculum for Excellence requirements. It was amazing and just so satisfying spreading the word, so to speak!
I am originally trained as a nurse and midwife/neonatal nurse but 2 years ago made the decision to try something different, have a change and find something else that gave me a buzz! As of last year finally I took the last big step to leave nursing completely behind to follow my new career. As anxious and nervous as I was about it all, I have never looked back. I am so privileged to have the chance to work in 2 careers which have and are giving me a lot of fun, challenge and satisfaction.
I regularly attend summer schools run by the BKA, (British Kodaly Association) and NYCoS, (National Youth Choir for Scotland) and a variety of workshops throughout the year to keep my skills updated in order that I can deliver the best standard of teaching I possibly can for the wee people who participate in any of my classes.